Many of us, at one time or another, thought of 'yoga' as the postures that people do in the gym or yoga studio. If we are curious enough, we give it a go and many of us recognise that it affects far more than our bodies! We might feel a sence of joy after a class or a sense of peace at the beginning of class if we chant three oms or bow our head to our heart or at the end of the class when we lie in Savasana and have a go at complete surrender. For many of us, particularly those of us who overwork and overdo life, asana classes and workshops offer a reprieve from our busy lives. At some point, we may realise that yoga is about more than these asanas, as gorgeous as they may be; it is a way of life, codified by the Indian sage Patajali in the Yoga Sutras.
In the West, most of us come to the yoga path through asana, the third of Patanjali's Eight Limbs of Yoga. Here, we might catch glimpses of something deeper within ourselves.